Friday, July 16, 2004

It's kind of a mythical place, you understand

Why is it that so many airheaded celebrities are so confused about the notion of freedom of speech? You have the right to say whatever you want, within the accepted no-yelling-fire-in-a-crowded-theatre limits. You do not have the right to be a popular entertainer. If you say things that insult and enrage half the country - and thus half your potential customers - well, you've made a choice between money and conscience, haven't you. This is the Dixie Chicks and Danny Glover all over again; like them, Whoopi Goldberg fails to understand that the audience also has the right to express their opinion, in the form of boycotts. If she wanted to keep the Slim-Fast endorsement contract, she could have at least consciously made an effort to not be juvenile and inflammatory in her performance at the Democratic fundraiser. She didn't, and thus became a liability for the company's ad campaign. Sucks to be her, I guess, but I don't care. Maybe if this sort of thing keeps happening, the glitterati might eventually realize that "flyover country" pays their wages - and that insulting that half of the country has a very real price. (Via Betsy's Page.)


Blogger Michael McDonald said...

I disagree. The Dixie Chicks and Danny Glover have actually been popular in the last decade. Whoopi's biggest role in the past decade was playing a bartender on Star Trek. And she sucked at that. The sheer public exposure she's now getting is probably helping her, Slim-Fast contract not-withstanding, whereas it hurt the Dixie Chicks and Glover.

7/16/2004 08:13:00 PM  

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